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2011 PRESS RELEASE

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Press Office - PR#42–2011, Arpil 7, 2011

 

JAPAN-FUNDED FLOOD FORECASTING PROJECT

IN AGNO RIVER BASIN TO BE INAUGURATED

 

 

 

Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura will attend the inauguration of Phase II of the Project for Improvement of Flood Forecasting and Warning System in the Pampanga and Agno River Basins on Friday, April 8.

 

The grant aid amounting to 376 million yen (approximately 154 million pesos) from the Government of Japan covers the Agno River basin. The project aims to improve the existing gauging stations and telecommunication facilities for fast data transmission of observed data to ensure the issuance of timely and reliable warnings to flood-threatened communities.

 

Phase I of this project covers disaster mitigation in the Pampanga River basin area and was inaugurated last March 18, 2009, funded by another grant aid from Japan worth 779 million yen (approximately 312 million pesos). By the combination of Phase I & II, the flood mitigation system in the flood-prone areas in Central Luzon will be significantly improved. The project will contribute to enhanced protection of life and property of the Filipino people.

 

This project reaffirms the continued commitment of Japan to extend cooperation in minimizing threats of disasters. This project is expected to further foster a strategic partnership between the two countries towards the future.

 

Japan, as the top donor of ODA to the Philippines as well as a disaster-prone country itself, has supported the Philippines' disaster mitigation efforts by sharing its experiences and lessons learned from the past natural disasters. Japanese ODA loans enabled the Philippines to implement various projects of flood control and warning systems such as flood mitigation facilities of the Pasig-Marikina river, Mangahan floodway and the flood forecasting and warning system in Bicol and Cagayan basins.